Current projects

Consulting with people who matter: Alcohol and Other Drug Use in Liverpool

Liquor license applications can potentially increase alcohol-related harm within disadvantaged communities in SWSLHD. A recent CHETRE led consultation about the spectrum of alcohol-related problems in the Miller community identified the top two issues being public drinking and access to alcohol. Stakeholders are able and willing, but generally lack confidence, knowledge, and skills to participate in the advocacy process to reduce alcohol-related harm in their community.

Gambling Related Harm Forum

Gambling and its health and social consequences concern all countries. Gambling-related harms affect individuals, families, communities and society as a whole. Gambling causes widespread, significant direct and indirect harm to individuals and non-gamblers – particularly through electronic gaming machines. In Australia, Fairfield loses $1.3million a day through poker machines.

Health Impact Assessment Learning by Doing (HIA LbD)

Over the past ten years, CHETRE has worked closely with Population Health in undertaking and supporting HIAs in the local health district. This training aims to develop the knowledge and skills of participants in Health Impact Assessment.

The training is structured around small teams working on an HIA. Each team will conduct a HIA on a real project that they bring with them to the training. Interested organisations can form a team by themselves or partner with other groups/organisations.

The program consists of 3 training days, 1 sharing the learning workshop, specialist mentoring from experienced HIA practitioners, facilitation of key project meetings (scoping and assessment) and help desk support from the CHETRE project team.

The training program is structured around the steps of HIA. Before the training program begins a pre-screening meeting will be set up with each group to identify and discuss project specific issues.

SWSLHD Equity Strategy

The Equity Strategy will provide an approach to embedding health equity within South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD) to ensure the needs of diverse population groups are reflected in services planning and policy development.

Working In Locationally Disadvantaged (WiLD) Communities Learning by Doing Training Program

Locationally disadvantaged communities typically have high levels of concentrated disadvantage, unemployment, poor educational outcomes, and poor access to services and infrastructure. The material deprivation & increased stressors faced by residents living in these communities impact on their health & wellbeing which creates challenges to the public health workforce. In 2006, a needs assessment, conducted to understand the capacity of the health workforce working in locational disadvantage, found that there was a limited understanding in the workforce of how to identify & implement effective interventions. The Working in Locationally Disadvantaged Communities (WiLDC) program was developed by CHETRE to address these workforce needs with the aim of building workforce capacity and engaging communities.

Desktop Health Impact Assessment of Seniors Living Complexes

Two new Seniors Livings Dwellings are being developed in Claymore. FACS are interested in identifying ways of maximising the potential health and wellbeing benefits of the new facilities. CHETRE will prepare and facilitate a half day desktop HIA workshop with key stakeholders. The workshop will incorporate consideration of previous HIA recommendations (Rosemeadow and Macquarie Fields). Recommendations will be developed during the workshop to improve health & wellbeing outcomes for Claymore seniors.

Health and Housing Partnership Objective 2: Housing for Health Pilot

The project aims to utilise the ‘HealthHabitat’ methodology in making changes to environmental conditions to improve health status and reduce the risk of disease and injury. The pilot aims to women who are pregnant and improve their housing so that the health of their newborn infant is improved. The project will be conducted in a South Western Sydney in one areas however will be used as a pilot to inform scaling up in other areas.

Smoking in Pregnancy: Feasibility of Incentives based Program in SWSLHD

The project aims to explore the appropriateness of an incentive-based approach to smoking cessation in pregnant women using a predominately qualitative research approach.  This project will involve two stages. Stage 1 will be a scoping review identifying existing examples/options and evidence base for smoking cessation in pregnancy. Stage 2 will involve consultations via interviews and/or focus groups with the key target group (pregnant women in SWSLHD) as well as service providers to explore the feasibility and/or applicability of incentive based approaches for smoking cessation. 

Evaluation of Housing Relocation Referral Pathway for Clients Identified as Experiencing Moderate to Severe Mental Illness During Relocation Process

The Objective One Working Group has identified a need to understand and document how the relocation support process affects tenants, families and community health and to identify opportunities to strengthen health and wellbeing outcomes within the relocation process. This project includes a process evaluation that focuses on the way the referral pathways service has been implemented and is operating, identifying how the pathway ‘works’ to achieve outcomes, and an outcomes evaluation to identify the actual outcomes achieved by the referral pathways and any unintended consequences. 

The Grannies Project: Learning, Caring, Sharing
Health, wellbeing and sustainable tenancies for bedsit clients: A Place based intervention and evaluation
Develop a preferred method to cost the health benefits of active transport
Climate change health and vulnerability assessment of South Eastern and South Western Sydney-Scoping Study
Delivering mental Wellbeing Impact Assessment Training and Support